Jackson County declares state of emergency

JACKSON COUNTY – Supervisors have declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Depression 13, officials said.

Sandbags are available self-serve at the following locations:

-- East Road Department on Mississippi 63 in Escatawpa

-- West Road Department on North Washington Avenue in St. Martin.

-- Central Road Department on 8500 Jim Ramsey Road in Vancleave.

-- Fontainebleau Fire Department on Mississippi 57

-- St. Andrews Fire Department on Elm Street.

-- Forts Lake Fire Department on Forts Lake Road.

Access to the Small Craft Harbor in Ocean Springs is limited, said county spokesman Ken Flanagan.

The harbor is closed to all transient vessels until the threat of tropical weather subsides, he said.

All current boat owners with valid slip lease agreements can continue to dock their boats and “come-and-go” in the harbor, he said.

Drenching rains are expected as this very slow system moves ashore.

Jackson County Emergency Management Director Donald Langham is asking residents living in low-lying and flood prone areas to take precautions now.

“We could see 10 to 15 inches of rain locally. And forecasts are calling for tides to run 3 to 4 foot above normal. This adds up to local flooding in flood prone areas. All residents need to stay alert and seek out local news reports,” Langham said.

All Jackson County offices are open for normal operations today.

County offices will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

As a precaution, the county will staff the Emergency Management Office through the holiday weekend. County department heads should remain available by phone or by texting throughout the weekend. will update this story as information becomes available.